Friday, November 16, 2007

Green Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and my mailbox is quickly filling up with tips about food, holiday origins and sustainability. According to the Green trend, this is the year of the local Thanksgiving. In other words, don't even think about cranberries if you don't live on the shore of a bog. That's right, if it isn't grown within 100 miles of your holiday china, keep it off your table. Although scholars are not really sure what the colonists ate during that first Thanksgiving meal, they are quite sure it was not shipped in. Far from family and friends, those pioneers of new visions and values created a new type of family when they shared a table with the Wampanoag Indians.

For me, the new world is Atlanta and there are plenty of local markets that can keep me cooking close to home.
Peachtree Road Farmer's Market is reviving an old tradition full of home-grown fall flavors. What's the advantage of a locally tailored menu? Well, for starters, the food just tastes better.

Not from Georgia? Well try a local food guide and cook up some regional cuisine.

I sure hope I can find some local sweet potatoes because all this talk has made me hungry!